(Closed) Getting Married in Honolulu, Hawaii….Yay :) & Help!

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@clueless_dw_bride:  

 

I have stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and saw a wedding in progress there, you cannot beat the location, they have everything there. It is a wonderful resort, we were there over Christmas holiday 2yrs ago. The food is amazing, and the chapel was beautiful. It’s a very convenient resort for guests, as well, because the towers are right next to where the chapel is situated, so people can run back to their rooms to change, etc..also the resort has a shopping plaza attached with designer stores and an activity kiosk where you can book dives and snorkeling/boating trips. There is a turtle reef just off the shore there and your guests can go out and swim with the turtles.  (they need to book a snorkeling dive and a boat takes them out there but it’s only about 10 min away from the docks)

If I wasn’t getting married in Mexico I would have considered this place as a wedding venue, it’s a good spot.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve been to a wedding in Hawaii two years ago in November. It was actually a Ko Olina wedding in Kapolei, about 30 minutes away from downtown Honolulu. It was BEAUTIFUL! The wedding was small (50-60 people, I think 90% of the guests were family members), simple, yet very elegant. The weather and venue was absolutely killer. You don’t need much when you have a venue like that. From what I remember, my friends rented a bus for the day to transport people from their hotel (everyone in the wedding was pretty much in walking distance from each other in Honolulu) to the wedding site and back for anyone who didn’t rent a car. Their ceremony was outdoors and the open-tent reception was next to the ceremony area. There was eating, drinking, and dancing. Basically, tons of fun!

One thing that was a brilliant idea: My friends “hired” two photographers. One was a paid professional wedding photographer who came with their wedding package, and the other was a free photographer friend who was willing to take pictures of any guests before, during, and after the ceremony/reception. ALL of us took advantage of the ‘free’ photos, LOL. Every guest had very nice photographs of themselves to keep (professional vacation photos? haha), and this also gave the paid professional more room to take photos of the couple and their immidiate family members.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hey girl. I am actually getting married in Honolulu on 11/12/13. Last month, I spent 10 days out there touring venues and met with a wedding planner.  I learned a few different things:

1. Having the ceremony and reception area in the same spot cuts down on transportation costs and allows you to be more free with the timeline for your day.

2. Wedding Planners rock. I am using Diana Caro-Salvador of Oahu Wedding. She is out of this world. Google her. If you end up talking to her, tell her Alli sent you! 

3. Hilton Hawaiian gouges you for everything. They were the most expensive in the drinks department. 

4. Halekulani has one of the best views. I met with Lorien there. She is top notch and fabulous!

5. Weddings in Hawaii typically start at 4pm and receptions are done around 10 (some venues allow you to go to 11).

6. You can hire your DJ to emcee the whole day for you, so that you don’t have to worry. This costs $300 extra for most DJs. Diana from Oahu Wedding can be hired to do your day of coordination, too. She is great. You would love her.

7. Beach ceremonies: I was told that these are for guests up to 20 if its at a public beach. Im around 50-65, so that rules me out.

8. Don’t forget about private estates. I am getting married at one, and it is OUT of this world. Now, you have to rent and bring everything in, so it is more work.

9. Biggest advice that I got? Don’t think that having a resort wedding and a private estate wedding will have a cost differential. They are both the same, but the money is just shifted around. Instead of 3,000+ cocktail bill at the resort, you’re alcohol costs will be well under 2,000 at a private estate!

10. If you are at a private estate, buy your alcohol at COSTCO.

 

I have seen a lot of venues, if you want to pick my brain, shoot me a message. 

 

ALOHA!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@irishgrim:  Hi, I’ve been looking for affordable DJ’s and found the 808 Dj for $100 an hour. You mentioned you found one for $300 all day. Could you provide the link? Also, do you know any affordable florists for center pieces? Thanks! 🙂

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hi! I’m from Hawaii, and am getting married on Oahu in June. I think it really depends on how many people you expect to come. Personally, I would never have my wedding at a hotel and it’s mostly because I want our wedding to be intimate and private, and anytime I think hotel, all I can think of is tourists EVERYWHERE, which is another reason why I wouldn’t have a beach wedding either. Tourists have the uncanny ability to just stand and stare at your wedding and that’s not my thing. We’re having our wedding at a private estate too on the ocean. 

Kathy Ireland owns a couple private estates on the ocean near Waikiki and they are gorgeous. We’re having ours at the smaller house because I’m only inviting 40 people (and I live here! I’m not kidding when I say I want intimate). To save money, the wedding will be in the backyard, cocktail hour will occur in the house, and dinner will be in the backyard. Dancing and all that will be in the house. The awesome thing about having it at one of their estates is that you can guarantee it’s private and they also have licenses to operate these homes so you can’t get shut down if the neighbors have noise complaints. One of their house managers, Justin, put together a package for us because I am uber busy (I teach senior English) AND live on another island and don’t have time to plan a wedding. Literally.

Our wedding is going to cost about $13k and includes everything:

Tables, chairs, linens, silverware, catering, DJ for the reception, uplighting, Bamboo arch, bartender, day-of-coordination, guitarist for the ceremony, bouquet, maile lei for your groom, use of the house from 10a-10p, valet for parking, etc. 

The only things it does NOT include is: Cake, alcohol, and photography. This is actually awesome because I don’t even like cake.. we’re getting cupcakes from Hokulani (they won cupcake wars!), we’re using Shannon Sasaki for photography, and we’re buying alcohol from Costco (SO CHEAP!! besides, they are providing the bartender!)

I’m not sure if this will help you. I know a lot of people who dream of getting married in Hawaii want that typical beach wedding or end up using a hotel because they aren’t sure of the options, but I strongly advise you go to private estate way. Most private estates for weddings are on the ocean anyway, AND you’ll get a tourist-free, intimate event. 🙂

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@pawfectday:  Sorry, i never logged back on here. I said the extra EMCEE cost was $300. MY DJ is almost 3 grand. sorry. 

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